Columbia City Council rejects plastic bag ban

Proposed legislation would prevent any Missouri establishment from distributing disposable plastic bags to customers. | Courtesy of torbakhopper/flickr
The Columbia City Council scrapped the proposed legislation that would have eliminated single-use plastic bags from checkouts in Columbia. | Courtesy of torbakhopper/flickr

The Columbia City Council has scrapped a plan for a plastic bag ban.

The council voted unanimously Monday to withdraw a proposal that would have eliminated single-use plastic bags from the checkout at grocery stores convenience stores and pharmacies, except for sanitation reasons.

Under the rejected proposal, customers could have brought their own reusable bags or paid 10 cents per paper bag from the store.

Similar measures have been adopted in 170 cities and counties nationwide, according to Californians Against Waste.

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